Earlier this year, we included pdf versions of Krantz- and other crystallography catalogs in the VMHM and made them available through the "archive" menu entry on top of every page. About forty scans of old catalogs offering a considerable amount of information on crystal models and related educational crystallographic items are now available for browsing or downloading.
As 2014 will be the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014) this documentation appears at the right moment and may be of interest to curators, science historians and advanced collectors. We are proud that the VMHM is referenced in the section "learn about crystallography on the web" of the IYCr2014 official site.
Recently we had the opportunity to add another two 19th century catalogs to the archive: the H. Dauber and the Droop wooden crystal model catalogs, through the courtesy of respectively Johan Kjellman (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Klaus Thalheim (Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen, Dresden).
A crystallographic set and a very interesting glass model, both from the Tricottet collection, were recently added to our crystal models section:
In the field of crystallographic instruments, we added three contact goniometers, all of them in their original cases:
Among the additions to the book section we wish to mention four interesting works from the 18th and early 19th century, from the collection of Simone & Peter Huber, Austria:
We are grateful to all our contributors for their kind cooperation and suggestions during this year. All of you are always welcome to contribute to the development of this site by sharing your treasures with others interested in the history of mineralogy and crystallography.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a stimulating "Year of Crystallography" and we hope that you will continue enjoying the Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy.
Claude Hootelé, Paul Tambuyser